The Origins of Political Order
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The Origins of Political Order is a 2011 book by Francis Fukuyama, the first in a series of books on the development of political order. This book goes from its origins to the French Revolution. The next book starts with the revolution, and there may be a third book with a view to the future. The book came about partly in an attempt to understand why modern statebuilding in countries with non-European backgrounds have failed to live up to expectations.
The books charts the development of "the three components of a modern political order", which are, according to the book, a strong and capable state, rule of law to which the state is subordinate, and accountability of the government to its citizens. It compares the ways they developed in China, India, the Islamic world, and Europe, each of which developed these three aspects of political organization in different order and to different degrees. To create a loyal administrative class for the state, some states took extreme measures to try and destroy family and clans in a variety of original ways.
Reviewer Jon Sallet writes "In this first of two planned volumes, Fukuyama’s purpose is to describe the rise of political order. Spanning academic disciplines, he focuses on three attributes of political order: the creation of the state, the rule of law, and political accountability. Using the stuff of human history from the time of nomadic tribes through the American and French Revolutions, he asks, simply: What happened, why did it happen, and what does it teach us about the future?"
- Sallet, John. "The Origins of Political Order review". Book review. The Washington Independent Review of Books. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
- The Origins of Political Order. Audio of Mark Colvin interviewing Fukuyama. Late Night Live. 13 June 2011 10. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- Review by Robin Blackburn, published in The Independent, May 13, 2011
- Francis Fukuyama’s Theory of the State, review by Michael Lind, Published in the New-York Times, April 15, 2011